A concrete way in which an organization can improve women's lives in the communities in which it does business is through philanthropic giving and community involvement. Philanthropic foundations associated with the organization should adhere to gender equality through all donations, grant-making, programmatic initiatives, and investments.
Organizations should encourage their employees to volunteer in the community as well, with a specific focus on working on women's and girls' issues. Finally, in many communities around the world, women are still struggling to exercise their basic rights to participate in public life. Employers and the business community in general should be strong advocates for promoting and protecting those rights. By working towards a safer and more positive environment for women the organization can help create more stable and progressive communities for their own development.
Top resources for this Principle
Gender Equality Checklist for Fund Managers
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The Business of Empowering Women
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emerging markets. The report draws on insights from interviews with more than 50 leaders and experts in the private and social sectors who focus on women's empowerment, as well as findings from a global survey of nearly 2,300 senior private sector executives, among others. (Hide)
Women in Construction: Still Breaking Ground
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that blocks women from entering and staying in the field. Sexual harassment and hostility, lack of mentors, and stereotyped assumptions about women's capabilities all contribute to the problem. Unequal access to construction jobs in turn negatively affects women's income, as traditionally male fields pay higher wages and have a lower wage gap than those dominated by women. More must be done to reverse this trend in construction, and the growth of women's participation in similar nontraditional fields shows that it is possible." (Hide)
Best Practice: Symantec Corporation
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Levi Strauss & Co.
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is a private foundation organized by Levi Strauss & Co. that provides grants to community-based organizations in countries where Levi Strauss & Co. does business. In 2008, the Levi Strauss Foundation paired with Business for Social Responsibility to expand the HERproject peer health education training to 6 factories throughout Egypt. The HERproject connects businesses with health educators who train employees in reproductive health, maternal health nutrition, disease prevention, and the accessing of health services. In addition to supporting the HERproject, Levi Strauss has also sponsored an intensive return-on-investment study in the hope of demonstrating that health awareness promotion can have substantial economic benefits to an employer. These educational efforts will help women protect themselves against disease and thus empowers them to promote their basic human rights. In 1999, the Levi Strauss Foundation paired with the Asia Foundation to create grassroots programs aimed at providing female Chinese migrant workers with accessible career and human rights information. The program includes training in areas such as labor rights awareness, women's health, legal rights, occupational health and safety, and asset building. The program was the first effort of its kind in China and has provided a model for several other global companies doing business in China's industrial regions. (Hide)
Proctor & Gamble: Social Responsibility
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tetanus vaccinations in the Democratic Republic of Congo through the sale of Pampers diapers. For each packet of Pampers purchased over a three-month period in the United Kingdom, P&G pledged to donate the money for one tetanus vaccine. Tetanus, a disease long ago eliminated as a concern for new mothers in the developed world, claims the lives of an estimated 250,000 newborns and 30,000 mothers worldwide each year. The program appears to be a win-win for both P&G and the Democratic Republic; sales of Pampers diapers outpaced projections during the program, and as a result, 7.4 million people will receive life-saving vaccinations. (Hide)
The Global Glass Ceiling
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When women are educated and can earn and control income, a number of good results follow: infant mortality declines, child health and nutrition improve, agricultural productivity rises, population growth slows, economies expand, and cycles of poverty are broken. But the challenges to improving the status of women remain dauntingly large and will demands more than the interest of the foreign aid and human rights communities, which, to date, have carried out the heavy lifting of women's empowerment in developing countries, funding projects such as schools for girls and microfinance for female entrepreneurs. It requires the involvement of the world's largest companies. This article discusses how the truly transformative shift -- both for global corporations and for women worldwide -- will occur when companies understand that empowering women in developing economies affects their bottom lines. Case studies included in this article demonstrate how companies embracing female empowerment have seen their labor forces become more productive, the quality of their global supply chains improve, and their customer bases expand. Five principles that can help guide the efforts of those corporations that are just now beginning to consider women's empowerment as a strategic aspect of their emerging-market operations are also discussed. (Hide)
Pressured, Nike to Help Workers in Honduras
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Blueprint For Corporate Sustainability Leadership
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to implementation of principles, efforts to support development objectives and engagement in the Global Compact. (Hide)
National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science (IWITTS)
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and male-dominated careers -- such as technology and law enforcement -- via trainings, publications, products, e-strategies, and research projects. Careers can range from automotive technician to pilot, computer networking technician, telecommunications engineer, electrician and police officer. (Hide)